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How to draw MOUNTAIN

Zentangle pattern: Mountain. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal.Today’s easy and elegant Mountain ribbon-style tangle is from Taiwan CZT Ginny Lu who recently shared her Diamond Heart tangle and her daughter Jenny’s Heart Flower with us.

Mountain is Ginny’s fifth tangle on the site.

Ginny’s inspiration for Mountain was this border pattern she photographed from a wall.

This is a classic interlocking band motif from antiquity and frequently seen on pottery, textiles, architecture and so on.

Fret, also called key pattern, in decorative art and architecture, any one of several types of running or repeated ornament, consisting of lengths of straight lines or narrow bands, usually connected and at right angles to each other in T, L, or square-cornered G shapes, so arranged that the spaces between the lines or bands are approximately equal to the width of the bands. Occasionally the system is arranged so that the lines intersect or interlace, as in the common swastika fret.

Because the fret is one of the simplest and most natural of decorative forms, it is one of the most widely spread, found from early times in most art forms and on all continents. Thus, it was a favourite decoration, during and after the 4th dynasty, for the ceilings of tombs in Egypt, where in later examples it was combined with rosettes, scarabs, and the lotus into patterns of great richness.~ Encyclopædia Britannica

Ginny writes,

It looks like the Chinese word “mountain” upside down together, it is a simple and beautiful pattern.

Another way of looking at Mountain: it’s rows of T’s interlocked with “upside down” ones. Mountain is fun to play with by stretching or shrinking the T forms in both width and height with some interesting effects. Another interesting effect is to add rounding in all the corners and tips …

It took a few practice runs for me to get the spacing sorted out, in the end I went with spacing out the alternating stems of the T’s first then adding their top crossbars and serifs. The end result with a Micron 01 was a little “spindly” to my eye so I restated the T/Mountain shapes to make them bolder with an 03 for my example.

Ginny illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Mountain here and she demonstrates it in a simple tile stacked among ribbons of Zentangle®-original tangles.

How to draw MOUNTAIN - Zentangle pattern and deconstruction by CZT Ginny Lu.

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In this beautiful, rather mesmerizing ZIA zendala-style piece, Ginny features Mountain as a classic border with what looks to me like a Gelly Roll Metallic Gold pen. That must have taken some concentration!

As you enjoy any of the tangles on the site, please leave a comment of thanks and encouragement to show the artists you appreciate them for sharing their creativity to inspire yours.

Check out the tag ginnyl for more of Ginny’s tangles on TanglePatterns.com.

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